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Definition: sweet potato
n 1: the fleshy root of the sweet potato vine
2: pantropical vine widely cultivated in several varieties for
its large sweet tuberous root with orange flesh [syn: sweet potato vine
, Ipomoea batatas
3: edible tuberous root of the sweet potato vine grown widely
in warm regions of the United States
4: egg-shaped terra-cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and
finger holes [syn: ocarina
English → English
Definition: Sweet potato
, n.; pl. Potatoes
. [Sp. patata potato,
batata sweet potato, from the native American name (probably
batata) in Hayti.] (Bot.)
(a) A plant (Solanum tuberosum
) of the Nightshade
family, and its esculent farinaceous tuber, of which
there are numerous varieties used for food. It is
native of South America, but a form of the species is
found native as far north as New Mexico.
(b) The sweet potato (see below).
, Potato bug
(a) A beetle (Doryphora decemlineata
) which feeds, both
in the larval and adult stages, upon the leaves of the
potato, often doing great damage. Called also
Colorado potato beetle
, and Doryphora
(b) The Lema trilineata
, a smaller and more slender
striped beetle which feeds upon the potato plant, bur
does less injury than the preceding species.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
blister beetles infesting the potato vine. The black
species (Lytta atrata
), the striped (Lytta vittata
and the gray (Lytta Fabricii
syn. Lytta cinerea
the most common. See Blister beetle
, under Blister
, a disease of the tubers of the potato, supposed
to be caused by a kind of mold (Peronospora infestans
which is first seen upon the leaves and stems.
(Zo["o]l.), an American weevil (Baridius trinotatus
) whose larva lives in and kills the stalks of
potato vines, often causing serious damage to the crop.
, a strong, fiery liquor, having a hot, smoky
taste, and rich in amyl alcohol (fusel oil); it is made
from potatoes or potato starch.
(Zo["o]l.), the large green larva of a sphinx,
or hawk moth (Macrosila quinquemaculata
); -- called also
. See Illust. under Tomato
(Bot.), Ipom[oe]a Pes-Capr[ae]
, a kind of
morning-glory with rounded and emarginate or bilobed
leaves. [West Indies]
(Bot.), a climbing plant (Ipom[oe]a Balatas
allied to the morning-glory. Its farinaceous tubers have a
sweetish taste, and are used, when cooked, for food. It is
probably a native of Brazil, but is cultivated extensively
in the warmer parts of every continent, and even as far
north as New Jersey. The name potato was applied to this
plant before it was to the Solanum tuberosum
, and this
is the “potato”
of the Southern United States.
(a) A vine (Ipom[oe]a pandurata
) having a pale purplish
flower and an enormous root. It is common in sandy
places in the United States.
(b) A similar tropical American plant (Ipom[oe]a fastigiata
) which it is thought may have been the
original stock of the sweet potato.
, a. [Compar. Sweeter
; superl. Sweetest
swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te,
OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s["u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr,
s[oe]tr, Sw. s["o]t, Dan. s["o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for
suadvis, Gr. ?, Skr. sv[=a]du sweet, svad, sv[=a]d, to
sweeten. [root]175. Cf. Assuage
1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar;
saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet
beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a
sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.
The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the
sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet
voice; a sweet singer.
To make his English sweet upon his tongue.
A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful. --Hawthorne.
4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair;
as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.
Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
5. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water. --Bacon.
6. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically:
(a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread.
(b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as,
sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.
7. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable;
winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners.
Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?
Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one
established rule of Christian working. --M. Arnold.
Note: Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining
compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured,
sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.
. (Bot.) See Alyssum
(a) Any apple of sweet flavor.
(b) See Sweet-top
(a) The laurel (laurus nobilis
(b) Swamp sassafras.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Passiflora
) growing in the West Indies, and
producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple.
(a) Either of the North American plants of the
umbelliferous genus Osmorrhiza
having aromatic roots
and seeds, and white flowers. --Gray.
(b) A plant of the genus Myrrhis
, or Sweet cane
. (Bot.) Same as Sweet flag
(Bot.), an evergreen shrub (Cistus Ladanum
from which the gum ladanum is obtained.
. (Bot.) See Melilot
(Bot.), a kind of butterbur (Petasites sagittata
) found in Western North America.
(Bot.), a variety of the maize of a sweet taste.
See the Note under Corn
(Bot.), a small North American shrub (Comptonia asplenifolia
syn. Myrica asplenifolia
sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves.
(Bot.), an endogenous plant (Acorus Calamus
having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent
aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and
America. See Calamus
(Bot.), a shrub (Myrica Gale
) having bitter
fragrant leaves; -- also called sweet willow
, and Dutch myrtle
. See 5th Gale
(Bot.), holy, or Seneca, grass.
(Bot.), an American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua
). See Liquidambar
, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary
(Bot.), a variety of the sweet William.
(Bot.), horse sugar. See under Horse
. (Bot.) See Marjoram
(Zo["o]l.), the pine marten.
(Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea Ageratum
) allied to milfoil.
, olive oil.
. (Bot.) See under Pea
. (Bot.) See under Potato
(Bot.), sweet flag.
Sweet spirits of niter
(Med. Chem.) See Spirit of nitrous ether
, under Spirit
(Bot.), an annual composite plant (Centaurea moschata
), also, the yellow-flowered (C. odorata
called also sultan flower
, an especial fondness for sweet things or for
(a) (Bot.) A species of pink (Dianthus barbatus
) of many
(b) (Zo["o]l.) The willow warbler.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) The European goldfinch; -- called also
. [Prov. Eng.]
(Bot.), sweet gale.
. See Dry wine
, under Dry
To be sweet on
, to have a particular fondness for, or
special interest in, as a young man for a young woman.
Syn: Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.